Posing and Shooting with Wide Apertures

One of the technical aspects of photography I struggled with early in my career was shooting wide open, or wider than a f/2.0 aperture. I loved the effect a shallow depth of field had on my photos—the creamy skin tones and sharpness of the resulting image—but most of my photos first shot this way were out of focus. What helped me master this technique? Previsualizing the photo in advance to ensure I could position the subjects to my advantage. Other key factors highlighted in this video include reminders on where to keep the focal point while shooting and visual demonstrations of poses that help the couple to work with me in capturing the shot I want.

Running time: 6:57 minutes



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